More Budget Changes

April 11th, 2013

Country/Day:        India/66

Bikes Fixed:                  81

Bikes/Day Avg:               1.23

Ah, administrative duties… they never stop, do they?

There have been some budget changes again, so as promised, time to be transparent:

– Plane tickets to Zambia have gone up to about $1700 round-trip. This might be a reflection of my location (eg, perhaps it is more expensive to buy tickets to Zambia from an Indian IP address), so I will update again during my 10-day break in MN before heading to Guatemala.

– Zambikes has refined the room and board estimate to $700/mo to cover increased living expenses and inflation.

The new budget is now $8600, which will be reflected in the thermometer at left and the budget sheet on the budget page as soon as they update (this can take up to a week and depends on the server).

With or without the changes, I’ve still a bit to go, and I’d love to make it there! Donate please!

Here’s a picture of a bicycle I fixed recently in order to motivate you:


HE donated ice cream. Hey, it was all he could afford.

2 thoughts on “More Budget Changes

  1. Grandma says:

    I was at a meeting in Rochester on Sat. and heard a speaker who had been to India in 2011, a program called Global Exchange. I’m not quite sure what it was but it was interesting to hear stories of India similar to yours. She flew into New Delhi, which i believe you did, and visited Kokata which i believe is Calcutta and another city that I don’t remember the name of. She mentioned a project that she had been involved in which was “Bikes for the Congo” and when I asked her about it, she said it was to buy bikes rather than repair, a need in many parts of the world.

    • Kyle says:

      Well, getting bikes is the first step, and they can last a few years without needing too much repair. Sounds like a two-fold solution – Bikes for the Congo is first, and I’m second!

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